THE LOT - La Jolla

4.4
274 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
THE LOT is San Diego's luxury cinema and dining destination. A high energy social hub for craft coffee, artisan pastries, elevated cuisine, premium spirits and sophisticated wines.

We offer breakfast, lunch and dinner in our restaurant, patios, or in-theater. We serve brunch on weekends and host multiple events for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.

THE LOT was established in 2015 and was inspired by and created for this neighborhood and honors the sea, art, culture, food, music, weather, and the people that make La Jolla so singular and inspiring. Customizing and creating the ultimate entertainment and lifestyle experience is our obsession and we're excited to share this curated experience with you.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
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Hours of operation
Breakfast
Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am
Weekday Lunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–2:00 pm
Weekend Lunch
Sat, Sun 2:00 pm–5:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(858) 777-0069
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Matthew Richman
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Kline Street
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Parking details
Valet available. Validated parking, free for up to 4 hours - off Fay Avenue.
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Public transit
Fay and Pearl MTS bus stop
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Entertainment
If you are looking for a mix of relaxation, leisure, craft cocktails, locally sourced coffees, sustainable and elevated cuisine and the latest blockbuster movies and independent films, we’ve got what you are looking for at THE LOT — La Jolla’s destination for an epic entertainment and lifestyle experience like no other.
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Special events & promotions
Please contact Xochitl Cerda @ xochitl@thelotent.com for reservations of party sizes that exceed 15 Guests.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

THE LOT has all you need to host a perfect party. Gather around appetizers on the outdoor patio, or have drinks at the bar and then invite your guests to stay for a movie. Before your corporate event, you can have presentations on our screens. Groups of 8 or more should contact the restaurant di

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What 274 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

I be been avoiding the LOT because of the loud music all day long. They have a new manager now who listens to the customers- the service has improved as well as the music volume. You can finally enjoy the ambiance of the LOT without blasting music!
Hope they expand their menu and offer more choices of salads.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Really enjoyed Sunday dinner while listening to opera singer Roman Palacios

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3.0Dined on August 6, 2018

It is a great location for the movie going and local stop. We planned on a dinner movie night for the family. After arriving it was 15 minutes before I had to get up and ask for someone to come to get orders. When the waiter arrived he has abrupt to the point of being rude. The food was decent, not great. Later in the evening, the music was great. Overall, we will not come back for movie dinner but maybe for drinks and snacks for music but will look for other options in LJ.

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

Taco Tuesdays are a blast. We weren’t too happy when they turned the music way UP at one point... but the taco bar is highest quality and we will be regulars!

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4.0Dined on August 1, 2018

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Unbeknownst to us we made reservations for Salsa Tuesday, but we still had a great time. Our reserved table was unfortunately adjacent to the speakers and since we wanted to hear one another and not blow an ear drum we opted to sit in the bar area. A high top table suited us just fine. We were given water and menus immediately and the All-You-Can-Eat Taco Bar was explained to us. Although we opted to skip the taco bar (we were short on time to make our movie), we really enjoyed watching people salsa dance and the music was spectacular. Upon finding out we could order food and drink and take them with us into the movie we were thrilled. We split the Ahi Tartare while I got a glass of the Prosecco, she got a Blueberry Lemonade (sans alcohol = nursing mama). The Ahi was amazing, like incredible! The fresh Ahi paired with the fresh avocado and ponzu, was light and refreshing. In hindsight we would have each gotten one and skipped the flatbread we ordered in the theatre. The Prosecco made me wish I'd Uber'd to the theatre so I could have enjoyed another glass.
Our waitress was so kind and offered great menu suggestions. The ambiance was refreshing and filled with voices and music, but the open concept still allowed for conversation without yelling. The menu had a lot to offer everyone - veggie, gluten free, meat eater, starving, browsing, just a nibble, etc.
I would definitely recommend The Lot La Jolla and STRONGLY suggest making reservations via OpenTable before you show up or expect to wait a while.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

Great place, great food, great live music. A true Paradise!

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4.0Dined on July 23, 2018

This was a great place to have my friends Baby shower over the weekend. The staff was EXTREMELY accommodating!! It was a very hot day, and there wasn’t much breeze, so we were all very hot, but that’s not the LOT’s fault. It just happened to be a hot day.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2018

Ambiente maravilloso, comida deliciosa y excelente servicio.
Un poco caro pero disfrutamos mucho.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Wow! So happy to have discovered this place on my 15th visit to SD. Wish we’d known about it before. Had an amazing meal with our twin boys aged ten, then saw Skyscraper.

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2.0Dined on July 16, 2018

I will never go back. The restaurant is open air which is nice. The staff was attentive and friendly. Unfortunately the food was not good at all. My daughter an I ordered the penne pomadoro, it tasted like they used jar sauce. No flavor at all. No bread or other accompaniment. My son son got the salmon, the portion was small and while I get it it's seafood...it stunk badly. Horrible. Prices were high and not worth it. Save your money and go elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Take a fun group and you will have a blast. Great venue. Taco Tuesday , really good taco bar and cool band, dancing, fun. Great special events and the best movie theaters anywhere.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Good food. It was a super hot day, and for some reason, they had all the windows open, A/C off and no moving air.

The servers could not explain why it was so hot and would not do anything to correct the situation.

The restaurant was still well over 80 degrees when we left. No fun

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Loved this place!!

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3.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Server started out strong then disappeared after the appetizer course was place on the table. We actually completed eating that course before he returned to take our main course order. One of our guests had to ask three times to get water refilled (which finally happened as the credit cards were being returned to the table and we were getting up to leave). Hoping this was an off night. We only give one more try before deciding never to return and to actively discourage friends from visiting. Disappointed but hopeful as the venue is stellar. Two of the courses (paella and margarita flatbread) had little to no flavor and with no server in sight we never got an opportunity to comment or give the restaurant a chance to offer a better option. Final plates were removed from the table without giving guests a chance to request leftovers be taken with them. All in all lots of room for improvement/training.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Wonderful!

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3.0Dined on June 24, 2018

This is a great place to eat, and the food is really good. However, I'm very disappointed about the service.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

We enjoyed watching the Germany vs Sweden Wold Cup 2018 game at The Lot while eating lunch. The crowd was nice, the ambiance perfect, and the big screen TV's on the wall were placed very well so everyone could see the game. We ordered chicken sandwiches with fries which tasted very good and the waiter was kind enough to bring us mayo for our fries in addition to ketchup. We then followed our lunch with a nice coffee and headed home after the game was over. We will definitely be coming here again for another lunch/game day.

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3.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Service is always terrible and the manage,ent doesn’t care

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2.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We were so happy to be able to walk in and have a beautiful brunch in the lovely restaurant. The quality of the food was top-notch, unfortunately all of it was cold. The breezeway where it is set up has a constant draft so perhaps moving the buffet setup some where warmer so the food and coffee and tea aren’t all cold. It was a very poor value overall, and we will be back only to watch movies. The kitchen staff was nice enough to remake the pancakes and bring fresh coffee, but it took about 10 minutes to get the attention of the waiter. It does appear they need to hire more staff and think about logistics of a buffet better.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

We were ignored for first 15 min after we sat down. The host tried his best to not make us feel neglected. He checked on us throughout the night. Not sure if they were short staffed or not. Restaurant was 2/3 empty when we sat down.
Food was tasty (Brussels sprouts, flatbread pizza) and vibe was good.
Would like to come back with a group next time. Outdoor seating was awesome.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2018

Breakfast is the best meal of the day at The Lot. The food is good the atmosphere outstanding and best of all they will take reservations. I like the Lot for anytime of day but more value in every way in breakfast

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

We were treated like VIP’s for a birthday with complimentary dessert and 2 movie passes!

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5.0Dined on May 18, 2018

Everyone was very helpful

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Everything was absolute perfection at the Mother’s Day brunch

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mothers Day Brunch was a zoo. Pretty weak presentation for $50pp. Zero service. Never got a plate cleared in two hours. Had to beg for a bill that ended up being $300 for 2 adults & two kids. Never again!

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

We went here for Mother's Day Brunch & sat on the patio area. We had Open Table reservations & got seated quickly. There was an omelet station & crepe station, plus other hot foods, salads, deserts. However, for $50 there wasn't prime rib or roast beef station. There was salmon & chicken (needed a sauce). The brunch was small but moved quickly. There were $5 bottomless mimosas which was a great deal. Service was attentive. The music was not too loud which is a good thing. Nice atmosphere. This place actually is attached to a movie theater so this is a nice entertainment venue.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2018

Great place. We were there when they opened at 7:00 A.M. The waiter was terrific. The food was good. All around great experience.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Great food, service, atmosphere and drinks. Always look forward to celebrating a birthday here.

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4.0Dined on April 29, 2018

Food was very good, they just did not get it right the first time for one of us, but they did correct it quickly. Service was otherwise very slow. Not sure if they were understaffed or inexperienced. I am leaning towards inexperienced.

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3.0Dined on April 21, 2018

The Lot is a great place but this time the entrees were a little underwhelming. The fish of the day was a tad bit charred on the outside and undercooked in the middle. And the Paellea was good but not my favorite. Artichokes were amazing and the beers were great.. Next time though I’m going with some different entrees

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Our waitress, Ashley, was extremely outgoing and professional along with the rest of the staff that helped make my girlfriend's birthday dinner a memorable one.

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3.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Was my first time trying their weekend brunch menu. Being a Hash snub, I ordered their Carnitas Hash as a Litmus test. It was very average in short! It was too chunky (big pieces of potato and forgettable pork) for my taste with a frugal serving of a very bland Hollandaise sauce. Others ordered the 2 burgers on the menu but were not too impressed.
Service: average
Ambience: nice & inviting
Value: average

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Margarita flatbread was great so is the Pasta Bolognese

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Perfect place for a relaxing/fun family Easter brunch! Fantastic service and exceptional food selection that was well planned to please every age/diet in our party.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday brunch was delightful and complete with an adorable bunny. The made to order crepes and cream Caramel were the delicious highlight for me. Everything was wonderful!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Really enjoyed the Eggs Benedict for breakfast. Very nice stylish atmosphere. Free underground parking. I like that you can also be served in the movie theater. Good bakery items and coffee’s also.

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4.0Dined on March 5, 2018

Went to experience their Oscar Night viewing party. Great crowd, fun time. Could actually see and hear the event well. Only complaint is that they needed a bit more staff working that night. Looking forward to going back to do a dinner and theater combo.

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2.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Terriby, embarrassingly overpriced. We had heard this from several people but, in the interest of convenience, we opted to go.

A price of Chardonnay was the price of an entire bottle. The entrees were OK but portions very, very small.

Would not return nor recommend.

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3.0Dined on February 15, 2018

Great ambiance and Wonderful lunch menu selections but actual food was actually rather tasteless

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3.0Dined on February 14, 2018

I took my wife to a movie and dinner at The Lot for Valentines Day. My first impression was negative. I bought movie tickets which were $15 each (we are seniors) but was charged a $2.50 service fee for each ticket. WHAT? I bought the tickets at the location. What is the service fee for? Why not just charge $17.50 for the tickets. The theater was wonderful with power reclining chairs and food and beverage service right at your seat. The dinner, thought I felt a little high priced at $65 per person, was great. But again there was a 4% surcharge on top of the menu prices due to paying the employees more money because of minimum wage rules. Again, don't charge me the price on the menu and then charge me a surcharge. Just raise the prices on your menu. They aren't going to lower the minimum wage you have to pay. Service was a little so-so. Although very nice servers, at there prices, I should have had more attention than I received. The restaurant is open to the outside and it was a chilly night and my wife was uncomfortable due to the cold.

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